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Portland, state confront ‘huge problem’
of surging catalytic converter thefts

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 4/3/2022 1:56:35 PM

Nathan McKee doesn’t rest easy at night anymore. He often awakes when a noise or movement sets off the security light outside his bedroom window. McKee’s anxiousness began after he and his wife heard what they thought was construction commotion several months ago when they were living in an apartment in the Lloyd District. They realized what was going on the next morning when their car roared and rattled as they started it up to run errands. (Snip) Police in Portland and elsewhere have largely conceded the territory to the thieves, saying they don’t have enough officers to patrol for


The police don't do much because the crime is 'minor'. But victims often lose the use of their vehicle for weeks and have to shell-out $1,000+ for a new converter.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross 4/3/2022 2:23:24 PM (No. 1118353)
A little thought exercise. Will there be fewer catalytic converters stolen if the thugs are in prison or if they are out on the street? And what political party wants them out on the street?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bpl40 4/3/2022 2:52:25 PM (No. 1118360)
Wait till they start lifting $10,000+ EV batteries.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 4/3/2022 2:54:38 PM (No. 1118362)
The good news on the batteries, #2, is that if they get it wrong, they will be instantly dead. Those batteries pack an absolutely lethal voltage level.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: joew9 4/3/2022 3:05:00 PM (No. 1118369)
I bet it's government activists stealing them so the cars can't pass inspection. And thus after multiple thefts the owner gives up and no longer has a car and their goal is accomplished. Check to see if one of the thieves doesn't look like Bill gates.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 4/3/2022 3:13:29 PM (No. 1118374)
Even as Portland tries to "recover" from years of riots and lockdowns, many of us don't go downtown to restaurants and events that have started to happen again because of the likelihood that your car window will be smashed and your car looted when you come back to where you parked.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trump Won 4/3/2022 3:21:32 PM (No. 1118381)
This is also a huge problem in the Houston area also. It is the usual suspects; those Amish youths with names such as Treyvon, Davonte', and Barktavious. Fortunately, vehicle owners here are armed and some of these thieves have gone to meet Gott.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 4/3/2022 3:26:52 PM (No. 1118389)
How much can one get for a catalytic converter? Asking for a friend.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: formerNYer 4/3/2022 3:39:20 PM (No. 1118396)
My son and daughter-in-law had theirs stolen in Detroit. That'd had to buy a special alarm on their car to keep it from happening again. Insurance paid for most of the replacement. The thieves can get up $800 for each, I believe.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 4/3/2022 3:42:54 PM (No. 1118399)
No idea, #7, they have a ceramic core which a few atoms of platinum and rhodium deposited over it, so there may be a fraction of an ounce, not sure if it is 1/100th of an ounce or 1/10th of an ounce, but can't be much, a new one is around $200 from O'Reilly for a "generic brand" replacement. Can't be much recycling value in that smidge of platinum/rhodium if you can sell a whole new one for $200. Stupid to risk getting shot over probably $25 or less from a scrap dealer. But, may be certain ones are worth more. Not required around here, but if you live some place where they require them, maybe they are not just sold for scrap, but perhaps to use to let a car pass some damned state smog test. OEM cats can be more like $1,000 from the little bit I have seen. Mostly just ripoff dealer markup. A dealer Honda radiator was $400 when a good quality American made non-Honda was $90 and worked very well. Most dealer parts are like that, even the exact same maker. Same maker oxygen sensor, $250 from Honda dealer, $59 from Rock Auto online. Same brand, Nippon Denso, same part. 400% markup is pretty standard.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: franq 4/3/2022 4:51:41 PM (No. 1118416)
#9 speaks the truth. If your goal is to spend as much as possible on the repair, take it to the dealership. Fortunately my dad did all his own work; I watched, and followed in his steps.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Vaquero45 4/3/2022 4:54:58 PM (No. 1118417)
Some lowlifes tried to steal mine about 12 years ago. They sawed through the front pipe but didn’t get to the back; either they were scared off or forgot to bring a spare Sawzall blade. The guys at Midas where I had repairs done said it was probably meth addicts that did it. At the time, salvage dealers were paying about $50 for them. I’d love to catch some flake trying to do it to my current vehicle. They’d walk with a limp from that day on.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: leonardo 4/3/2022 5:02:46 PM (No. 1118423)
Portland is a “failed state.” But in Portland’s case it is the “enlightened” PEOPLE who essentially voted for their current situation. Look in a mirror, Portland. You’ll see a well-intentioned loser.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LadyHen 4/3/2022 5:32:33 PM (No. 1118442)
This is actually a nation wide issue and the only solution is just to not put them on cars anymore which I think some manufacturers are now doing. Here in the Nashville area they even hit the police departments vehicles and often troll used car lots, stealing 40 or 50 a night. All they need is a car that is high enough, a saws-all, and about 5 mins. My son had his stripped off his little Mitsubishi crossover and the car hasbeen in the shop for 3 MONTHS waiting as the backlog for CCs is horrible and has been made worse by supply chain issues. If he didn't have a company van, I don't know what he would be doing about work.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Maggie2u 4/3/2022 5:33:35 PM (No. 1118443)
This is a big problem in the Seattle area also. Two weeks ago, my son was just pulling into the grocery store lot when he saw two men stealing one from a car just across from where he parked. He dialed 911 but before the cops came store security chased them off. The police told my son to never confront them because a few days before a homeowner was trying to stop thieves from stealing his converter and they killed him. These are violent criminals and it's my belief it's organized crime.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 4/3/2022 5:34:00 PM (No. 1118444)
The ONLY thing you can get arrested for in Portland is defending yourself and your property.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Penney 4/3/2022 10:51:31 PM (No. 1118658)
Well, who could possibly be stealing in Portland?!?!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Strike3 4/3/2022 11:12:49 PM (No. 1118672)
Move out, dummy, but please stay on your side of the Rockies.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 4/4/2022 1:43:38 AM (No. 1118708)
Re #13, count on your cars having catalytic converters FOREVER. Impossible to meet the emissions standards without them.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 4/4/2022 2:18:28 AM (No. 1118712)
Batteries are only dangerous if charged! Once Brandon has us on solar and wind power only, batteries will never be recharged again! Very expensive boat anchors!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ROLFNader 4/4/2022 10:16:13 AM (No. 1118970)
Don't be surprised if 'catcons' are excluded on your auto insurance policy,someday. BTW- #6 wins the internet today with "Barktavious"
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